Bill Text - SB149 (2009)

(New Title) relative to the transition of functions and amending the reporting requirements of the community college system of New Hampshire and making an appropriation therefor.


Revision: May 11, 2009, midnight

SB 149 – AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

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2009 SESSION

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SENATE BILL 149

AN ACT relative to the transition of certain functions and reporting requirements of the community college system of New Hampshire and making an appropriation therefor, and relative to extending the report date for the community college system legislative oversight committee.

SPONSORS: Sen. Janeway, Dist 7; Sen. Odell, Dist 8; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Rep. Gile, Merr 10; Rep. Theberge, Coos 4; Rep. S. Scamman, Rock 13; Rep. P. Price, Hills 26; Rep. Irwin, Hills 3

COMMITTEE: Education

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill:

I. Changes the effective date for the transition of certain functions within the community college system of New Hampshire from July 1, 2009 to July 1, 2011.

II. Provides that the commissioner of the department of education and the chancellor of the community college system of New Hampshire shall annually issue a joint report on the proposed use and distribution of federal vocational funds.

III. Makes an appropriation for the purposes of this act.

IV. Extends the report date of the community college system legislative oversight committee to November 1, 2011.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine

AN ACT relative to the transition of certain functions and reporting requirements of the community college system of New Hampshire and making an appropriation therefor, and relative to extending the report date for the community college system legislative oversight committee.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Community College System of New Hampshire; Use of Financial Services. Amend 2007; 361:40, I to read as follows:

I. Paragraphs I-III of section 35 of this act shall take effect July 1, [2009] 2011.

2 Community College System of New Hampshire; Report. Amend RSA 188-F:11 to read as follows:

188-F:11 Report.

I. The commissioner of the department of education and the chancellor of the community college system of New Hampshire shall annually issue a joint report on the proposed use and distribution of federal vocational funds. Such report shall be completed by October 15 of each year and a copy shall be delivered to the chairpersons of the house and senate education committees, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the governor, the house clerk, the senate clerk, and the state library.

II. The chancellor and the chairperson of the board of trustees of the community college system of New Hampshire shall issue a [joint] report annually which shall include [detail on the proposed use and distribution of federal vocational and financial aid funds,] updates on ongoing upgrades to the information technology systems used by the community college system of New Hampshire[,] and an assessment of the overall operation of the community college system of New Hampshire including financial status, enrollment data, and program administration. Such report shall be completed by October 15 of each year. A copy of this report shall be delivered to the chairmen of the house education committee and senate education committee, the speaker of the house of representatives, president of the senate, the governor, the senate clerk, the house clerk, and the state library.

[II.] III. Each year the chancellor of the community college system of New Hampshire, as well as one representative from the board of trustees and the president of each institution shall appear before the house finance committee and the senate finance committee to review the system’s programs, cost analysis, revenue projections, and any other information detailed in the written report.

3 Appropriation. There is hereby appropriated the sum of $1 for the biennium ending June 30, 2011 to the community college system of New Hampshire to carry out the provisions of this act. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

4 Community College System Legislative Oversight Committee; Report Date Extended. Amend 2007, 361:37, VI to read as follows:

VI. Report. The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the chairpersons of the house and senate education committees, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, [2009] 2011. If the committee concludes there are substantial concerns with the operation or administration of the community college system of New Hampshire, the committee shall include in its report detailed proposed legislation to remedy such concerns, including, if appropriate, additional legislative oversight and continued partnership with the state on certain duties and functions, or legislation necessary to return the community college system of New Hampshire to state agency status.

5 Effective Date.

I. Section 3 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2009.

II. The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

LBAO

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SB 149 FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT relative to the transition of certain functions and reporting requirements of the community college system of New Hampshire and making an appropriation therefor, and relative to extending the report date for the community college system legislative oversight committee.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Department of Administrative Services states this bill, as amended by the House (Amendment #2009-1340h), will increase state general fund expenditures by $910,378 in FY 2010 and $910,378 in FY 2011. The Community College System of New Hampshire, Treasury Department, and Department of Justice state this bill will increase state general fund expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2010 and FY 2011. There is no fiscal impact on state, county, and local revenue or county and local expenditures.

      This bill appropriates $1 in FY 2010 from the general fund to the Community College System of New Hampshire for the purposes of this bill.

METHODOLOGY:

      The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) states that part of the transition process as it becomes more independent from the state is to take on administrative functions that historically have been provided by the Departments of Administrative Services, Treasury, and Justice. CCSNH states this bill will extend those services through FY 2010 and FY 2011 so transitions that are underway may be completed. CCSNH states the cost to the state departments to continue providing these services is unknown; however, the costs associated with these services will continue to diminish during the next biennium.

      The Department of Administrative Services states this bill extends the provision of support services by the Department to CCSNH for two additional years, through June 30, 2011. The Department states it provides services to all state agencies and is directly responsible for certain statewide financial management activities. Under RSA 21-I:76 the Department is mandated to collect from agencies reimbursements to the general fund for agency indirect costs. The Department computes the cost for all statewide central services and bills agencies according to utilization rates. The Department states CCSNH has not made payments for the cost of statewide central services during the current biennium; the computed costs for these services were $703,798 in FY 2008 and $910,378 in FY 2009. The Department assumes the general fund cost to continue to provide these services will be $910,378 in FY 2010 and $910,378 in FY 2011 based on the actual FY 2009 cost allocation.

      The Treasury Department states under this bill it may incur additional but minor incremental costs due to CCSNH continuing to utilize the state’s financial system and related processes during FY 2010 and FY 2011. The Department states it will be able to absorb these costs within its proposed FY 2010 / FY 2011 budget.

      The Department of Justice states it cannot determine the fiscal impact this bill will have on the Department.

    This bill appropriates $1 in FY 2010 from the general fund to the Community College System of New Hampshire for the purposes of this bill.

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